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. in 2009, president obama nominated her for solicitor general of the united states. she served in that office for a full year. she was then nominated as an associate justice of the supreme court. she took that position in 2010 and she fill the vacancy left by justice john paul stevens after his retirement. he was our last lecture at europe law school. -- our last lecturer here at the law school. i brought this along so i could read it. this year, in time magazine, she was named one of their 100 most influential people in the world. i want to read to you what they had to say about our speaker today. it starts off with elena kagan, the persuader. people love to talk about the swing vote, but the truth is that only at -- every supreme court justice has only one vote to cast. what makes a justice influential is the ability to persuade others to agree. that depends on the effectiveness of the justice. in that respect, elena kagan has what it takes to be a highly influential supreme court justice. she has demonstrated herself to be an incisive legal thinker, both in her written opini
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